In the Summer between her sophomore & junior year, Kina Repp and her girlfriend decided to head out to Alaska to find work that would help pay for her college tuition. The plan was to make money and be part of a great Alaskan adventure. Three days after settling into a dorm in South Naknek, Kina’s persistence enabled her to gain employment at an Alaskan fish cannery. She was tasked with cleaning the conveyor belts used in the fish cannery operation. Excitedly responding to a foreman’s orders for someone to clean a large conveyor belt, Kina literally ran over and then quickly responded to the foreman’s next order to “make sure you get underneath.”
What followed was a horrifying chain of events that dramatically changed her life. Kina’s fight for survival began the moment she found herself caught in the moving conveyor belt.
The fact that Kina is alive today to tell her story is a living testament to her strong determination and amazing attitude. Although she had lost her arm as the result of her accident, she didn’t lose her incredible zest for life. Kina leads a very productive and fulfilling life today that is attributed to an attitude that keeps her surviving & thriving in her world without limits.
You should never underestimate the power you have to change someone’s life.